• Thu
    09:30 - 11:30Community Place

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Join Reading Voluntary Action for their 2019 AGM. Find out about the work we’ve been doing over the last year and what’s ahead.

    • 09:30: Breakfast and networking
    • 10:00 to 11:30: AGM

    Please book your place online at

    The library will still be closed at 09:30 so access to the AGM will be through the back entrance to the Library. The RVA team will be on hand to direct you.

  • Thu
    19:30 - 21:30Christchurch

    Christchurch Road, Reading RG2 7AR

    Arnhem Clarinet Choir are an internationally known choir from Holland. They are in Reading to celebrate their 30th anniversary with two concerts. This is the first of the two, an evening of beautiful woodwind music. Free entry event.

  • Sun
    12:30 - 16:30Reading International Solidarity Centre

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Bring along your broken items and get help to repair them. The team of volunteers will be able to help repair a wide range of items including:

    • Electronics
    • Mechanical items
    • Computers (hardware/software)
    • Toys/Furniture
    • Clothing/textiles
    • Tool sharpening

    Additionally, if you have something you are making or a craft project you are stuck with, why not bring it along and one of the repairers can give you a hand to get on the right track!

    Repair Cafe is a free event but donations are welcome to help keep it going. As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake.

    Email if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

  • Tue
    18:30 - 20:30Reading Town Hall

    Victoria Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

    The Reading Climate Change Partnership commissioned a first Adaptation Plan for Reading. This will help us to understand some of the climate-related risks that we face in our town. It will also give us some guidance about how we should respond to prepare for these changes.

    There will be a 1 hr presentation followed by 30 mins Q&A

    • Chris Beales (Chair of the RCCP) will introduce the work.
    • Jason Lowe (Met Office) will talk about climate projections for Reading.
    • Lisa Horrocks (Mott MacDonald) will talk about what is in the plan and some of the key lessons for us.

    This is a free, public event. But please book your ticket at to register your place.

  • Tue
    11:00 - 13:00Community Place

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    The september VCN has been postponed and rearranged for Tuesday 29 October 2019.

    Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action.

    You will have a chance to contribute to the agenda ahead of time so that we can make sure your issue or concern can be given some attention, as well as having the opportunity to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role.

    The format is pretty informal RVA provides the tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your sandwich and eat with us if it helps your day along. You don’t need to stay for the whole event – we know everyone’s busy.

    Click here to register

  • Wed
    18:00 - 19:45Friends Meeting House

    2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB

    Leading Reading GP's Dr Bu Thava and Dr Aman Bindra will be introducing their vision of Primary Care Networks. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion. We will also hear and discuss local healthcare news and reports from GP practice Patient Participation Groups.

    About Primary Care Networks
    The formation of Primary Care Networks – groupings of GP practices serving from 30,000 to 50,000 patients – is probably the most significant change to NHS services in several years.

    The networks will be able to employ a broader range of health professionals and deploy more technical and administrative skills to apply to care of patients.

    At the 30,000 to 50,000 grouping, there will be an opportunity to consider population health management and the wisest application of the resources available. Along with these changes goes a more collaborative approach across the NHS.

    Contact details
    Mobile: 07963 815599

  • Fri
    17:30 - 21:00Crowne Plaza

    Caversham Bridge, Richfield Ave, Reading RG1 8BD

    Reading volunteers and service coordinators who help local people reduce loneliness and social isolation are warmly invited to a free evening event at The Crowne Plaza on 1 November.

    Join us as our guest to:

    • Celebrate and highlight the fantastic contribution of Reading’s volunteers in reducing loneliness and social isolation,
    • Hear from fellow-volunteers and the people they support, about the range of exciting activities people are involved in.
    • Learn from each other about the practical experience of being a friendship volunteer.

    The event will help raise awareness in Reading, of the benefits of friendship volunteering and support local groups to recruit new volunteers. We will be filming at the event, including interviewing volunteers – for a forthcoming promotional film that all community groups can use in recruitment campaigns. If you, or someone you know at the event, would like to be interviewed, please get in touch with Rhiannon at RVA:

    Please note that tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and each organisation has been allocated 3 tickets for volunteers and 1 for a staff member who coordinates their activity. Book soon online at

  • Mon
    19:00 - 22:00Concert Hall, Reading Town Hall

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH.

    We would love you to save the date for our very special evening event on Monday 4 November at Reading Concert Hall. This promises to be an event to remember with stories, music, theatre and fashion, plus a real insight into the charity’s progress and achievements during the past 25 years.

    We will be advertising more details about this event in due course, but in the mean time put the date in the diary and we really hope you can be there!

    Best wishes,
    Everyone at Reading Refugee Support Group

  • Tue
    10:15 - 13:15The Community Place

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Are you new to the role of treasurer of a voluntary and community group, or in need of a refresher session? If so, this training is for you.

    Aims of the workshop

    • To build an understanding of the role of a treasurer in a small voluntary organisation
    • To ensure the ability to deal with the specifics of the finances of a small voluntary organisation
    • To give confidence about the issues that are likely to be faced by a treasurer of a small voluntary organisation

    Learning outcomes: The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:

    • Understand their financial responsibilities as trustees
    • Understand the particular requirements for the accounts of a small voluntary organisation
    • Be aware of governance issues facing small voluntary organisations
    • Be ready to resolve issues with record keeping and know where to get help if they need it
    • Be able to determine if the organisation they volunteer with needs an audit or independent examination of their accounts

    The workshop will be open to up to 12 delegates. It will be aimed primarily at new volunteers who wish to act as treasurers in Reading’s voluntary sector.

    The course is at our reduced rate of £50 for Reading based charities and community groups. There are a limited number of FREE places for RNN members using the usual promotional code - please contact us at if you need this code.

    Please register at

  • Fri
    10:00 - 12:00The Warehouse

    1A Cumberland Road, Reading RG1 3LB

    Come along to the Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 8 November.

    Everyone is welcome – please feel free to drop in at any time during the morning.

  • Wed
    13:30 - 15:30The Latter-day Saint Chapel

    280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4PE

    A support group for stroke survivors and their families/carers.

    The Latter-day Saint Chapel is at the junction with Church End Lane.

    To find out more about attending or volunteering to help at the group, please contact Diane Robson or Dave Riley on 01183 219349.

  • Mon
    12:00 - 17:00Reading Town Hall

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

    One Reading is a multi-agency partnership committed to delivering better outcomes for children, young people and families. As well as developing a local consensus on how to work together. One year in, this conference is a chance to:

    • Network, ask questions, give your feedback
    • Find out about the local consensus
    • Find out how Reading is becoming a trauma-informed town
    • Hear from inspirational speakers and take part in workshops on young people’s voice and political engagement, social media and more

    This conference is for anyone working with children, young people and families in Reading. The full line-up of speakers and workshops will be announced soon. For now, save the date and book your free place at

  • Thu
    10:00 - 13:00Reading International Solidarity Centre

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    The next Voluntary Sector Wellbeing Forum will be on Thursday 12 December at RISC on the theme of workplace wellbeing (Bookings will open soon).

    The programme will include a presentation and discussions about “Berkshire – a good place to work” the Director of Public Health’s annual report for 2019. The annual report focuses on the mental wellbeing and musculoskeletal health of the workforce.

    If you have suggestions for other topics that can be include around workplace wellbeing, Please email then in to As the forum is only a couple of weeks before Christmas, it would be great if some fun activities can be included.

  • Mon
    18:15 - 20:30Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens invite you to their annual carol service held quite early this year. The choir of St Peter's Church will lead the singing, accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.

    Mulled wine and mince pies will be sold from the Tea Kiosk from 18.15. Wrap up warm, bring a torch to read the words and come along to sing in the festive season.

    All are welcome for this community event. Free entry.

  • Sat
    17:00 - 19:00Reading Minster

    Chain Street, Reading RG1 2HX

    Reading Male Voice Choir, Reading A440 Choir and Occasions Choir in a joint Christmas Concert raising funds for local charities.

    A beautiful concert with many carols and songs and a chance for the audience to sing. £5 entry.

  • Wed
    19:00 - 21:00Salvation Army

    522 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1EG

    The Oxford Road Safer Neighbourhood Forum brings together voluntary organisations and partners including residents, the neighbourhood police, local authorities, businesses and schools, and assists in planning local neighbourhood policing tasks, based on priorities identified by the community.